I sort of have a thing for garlands; buntings; banners of all kinds.
And now that we have a mantel I finally have a great place to hang them!
I’ve been wanting to create a DIY felt ball garland for months now; and I think that our beachy living room decor lends itself perfectly to this ombre garland in shades of blue and green. Plus, it was super easy to make.
So easy, in fact, that I’m thinking of making another one for our dining room!
Today I’ve joined up with a talented group of bloggers to share a summer DIY project. Thanks so much to Taryn, from Design, Dining, and Diapers for hosting this hop! If you are hopping over from Taryn’s, then welcome! Isn’t her Pineapple Tassel Pillow fantastic? At the bottom of the post I’ve linked to the next project on the hop; you can follow the hop all the way through to check out all of these amazing DIYs!!
If you are new here, then hello! My name is Krista and I live with my husband and two elementary school aged boys on a lovely lake just outside of a small town in the middle of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. I also work as an elementary school teacher, but I love to spend my free time decorating, organizing, crafting, and DIYing. I’ve been sharing these kinds of projects and more on this blog for the past five-ish years. You can read more about me and the blog here.
Today’s simple DIY share is this ombre DIY felt ball garland that is currently adorning our summer mantel. Can you tell I have a thing for the colour blue?
To make this:
I used felts balls in the 2cm size as well as a 9′ length of twine and a large yarn needle. I ordered my felt balls from an Etsy Shop called Sweet Everyday Musings and had her put together a custom colour collection for me. I ordered navy, teal, turquoise, mint, and seafoam.
It would also be lovely made with white bakers’ twine, but I like the way that the felt balls “stay put” on the texture of the twine.
I arranged the felt bells into colour groups and kept them separated with my veggies and dip tray. It’s always good to think of uses outside the box, right?
I fed the felt balls, one at a time, onto the needle and pushed them all the way to the far end of the twine. I tied a small knot at the end to keep the first ball from falling off the twine.
Spacing them about 2″ apart as I went. I cut a small piece of card stock to help me keep the spacing even (it was easier then using my measuring tape every time).
I just kept feeding the balls onto the twine, in the ombre design I’d chosen, until I had used up the entire 9′ length of twine. There are small knots tied at both ends. The friction of the twine and felt has held them in place perfectly, they only slide around if you manually do so.
If you want more details about our summer mantel decor, then I shared the details on our beachy coastal summer mantel decor here…
And today I’m also sharing our full summer living room tour! Pop by to take the tour…
If you are planning to try this for yourself, I ordered my felt balls from Sweet Musings on Etsy.
And as I mentioned, some of my blogging friends are sharing their summer DIYs today! Next up on this blog hop is Ashley at Cherished Bliss. Make sure to check out her DIY Kid’s Outdoor Table; I bet you’ll love it as much as I do!